JPL has continued to achieve its historical level of success by developing and applying increasingly advanced technologies. These new technologies have, among other things, enabled us to visit other planets and given us the opportunity make observations of our own planet. As these technologies at JPL continue to advance, they will assist missions in meeting science objectives and further exploring the universe.
Deep Space Communications research focuses on optical communications, information processing, and the Deep Space Network
Detectors and instrument systems enable scientific investigations into the origin, state, and fate of Earth, planets, and the universe.
In-situ planetary exploration systems enable planetary and small-body surface, subsurface, and atmosphere exploration leading to sample acquisition, retrieval, and return to Earth.
Research in distributed spacecraft technologies, including control, modeling, tethers, ranging, and thrusters.
Survivable electronic and mechanical systems enable reliable operations under extreme radiation, temperature, pressure, and particulate conditions.